I have to admit something. I’ve been struggling to find the motivation for Cross this year. Don’t get me wrong, I’m stoked for cross. The amazing photos, the war stories, watching old rivals dog fight their way through the laps, waffles, crisp mornings, all of it, except for the actual racing.
That said, I’ve been supporting my wife as she fully embraces her Cross journey this season. She’s been killing it. There hasn’t been a cross race yet that she hasn’t attended. We’ve been at every regional race since the season started.
This last weekend we had the opportunity to drop the kids off with the in-laws and travel to Twin Falls to race with the fine folks at Magic Valley Cyclocross. Venue was Dierkes Lake Park near Shoshone Falls. Since I couldn’t use the kids as an excuse, I decided that it was time to put on my big boy pants and actually race.
The Dierkes Lake Park course was ~1mile per lap. It started out with a wide long grass Sprint through a wide sweeping 180° corner into a chicane with a set of barriers immediately after. There was a little punchy hill up to an off camber 180° around a large rock. A fast grass sprint to the deepest sand pit volleyball court on the planet. This was followed by a punchy uphill into a nice recovery downhill. From there is was a whole series of winding turns down to the lake shore and back to the start. Lap times were on the order of 5 minutes, so pretty fast. We raced for 1 hour as a basic mass start and I completed 10 laps.
My goal was to focus on racing as smoothly as possible. I want to find the fast lines and avoid a studder step remount. You know, look like I actually knew what I was doing. I can’t necessary say what happened to me in this race, but it was like the CX God’s smiled upon me. I had smooth lines, beautiful remounts, decent running legs, and it all came together to land me my first CX podium. I managed a 3rd place finish behind good friend and strong rider Luke Klaas.
We were both shown how to race by a 16 year old John Hughes who took the top spot on the podium.
In terms of how Alena did. She cat’d up this weekend and had a fierce race for 4th place finish. All in all a great weekend.
Again, I’ve got to send out a thank you to Eastside Cycles in Boise for keeping our equipment in top shape!